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2003 Los Angeles X Games
Moto X Big Air Wrap-Up Report

BRIAN DEEGAN LAUNCHES TO MOTO X BIG AIR GOLD

All-Time Moto X Medal Leader Closes X Games IX with Revolutionary 360 Invert

LOS ANGELES ≠ Brian Deegan (Temecula, Calif.) took home the eighth medal of his X Games career and his second career gold, earning top honors in the X Games IX Moto X Big Air final at STAPLES Center. The popular and versatile Deegan won the bronze at last nightís Moto X Freestyle competition at the LA Coliseum, and landed the first-ever 360 backflip in Moto X Freestyle history thirty seconds after competition time expired. Deegan was followed by Nate Adams (Glendale, Ariz.) and Kenny Bartram (Stillwater, Okla.), who earned silver and bronze, respectively.

Tonight, Deegan brought his ever-expanding bag of tricks to Big Air and landed the 360 backflip with precision on his first jump of the night, driving a trick that was once considered impossible straight into the record books and to the top of his growing list of X Games triumphs. Deegan has dubbed the trick the "Mulisha Twist." He dedicated it from the podium to his fellow injured rider Chris Ackerman who was in attendance.

"I just hit it and the show was over," said Deegan. "I heard the guys were going to pull a 360 backflip and I was sick of being the second place man, so I just stepped it up a notch."

The Mulisha Twist earned Deegan a towering 97.67 score in his first run of the night, vaulting him to the top of the leaderboard where he would stay for good despite impressive efforts from the world-class field of high flying competition. Adams was the only rider within striking distance of Deegan, landing a heel clicker backflip no-hander lander for a score of 95.33 on his second run, but settling for silver once again after earning the same ranking in Freestyle. Adams also won the Freestyle silver at X Games Global Championship I (May 2003, San Antonio, Tex.).

"The sport has gotten so gnarly," said Adams. "Itís at a new level now."

Moto X Freestyle proved Adamsí observation correct and then some, serving as the backdrop for several historic moments in Moto X history including not only the sportís first-ever 360 invert (Deegan) but also the sportís first-ever 80 foot flip and first-ever off-axis 360, both executed by Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD) in the Freestyle competition held last night.

"Cowboy" Kenny Bartram took the bronze with a score of 92.00 on his second run. Before his third run and with at least a bronze medal under his belt, Bartram started the last run of X Games IX by first carving a signature lasso imprint into the dirt with his tires before launching off the ramp for huge air on his official run and then several additional jumps for the audience. The fans at STAPLES Center loudly showed their appreciation for Bartramís extra effort, a fitting finish to X Games IX. X Games IX was the largest multi-day event in STAPLES Center history.


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